The more I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary ever,” Basit wrote in response to a farewell letter by Chaudhry which he sent to Basit on March 12 after his appointment as the ambassador of Pakistan to Washington
After Nawaz Sharif recently ordered Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit be superseded to the Foreign Secretary’s post, Basit took early retirement from his post. Here are the excerpts from his interview.
Abdul Basit claimed that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the former Indian Navy officer sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on the charge of spying, had provided Pakistani authorities a lot of information, enabling them to bust what he called several sleeper cells and local operatives.
Geo News channel did not give any reason for Basit’s premature retirement but foreign office sources earlier told PTI that he was unhappy over the appointment of current foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua, who is junior to Basit.
While all three are tightlipped on the meetings, one of them told The Indian Express Friday, “What (is the) issue? Diplomats meet routinely.” Asked if the Doklam issue was discussed at the meeting, he said, “We discuss all issues.”
A Pakistan government source had in February said, “Mahmood is a senior diplomat who has handled high-pressure responsibilities, and can do this job well.”
Basit, 58, is the senior-most diplomat but the appointment of Foreign Secretary is not made simply by seniority as Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint one of the senior officials of foreign ministry as the foreign secretary.
He also reiterated Pakistan’s desire for constructive talks and said that “it takes two to tango”.
“He was conveyed our hope that our accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance,” said Swarup.
Basit made the statement during an Iftaar party he hosted at the High Commission. Jama Masjid’s Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari was among those present on the occasion.
Former Indian diplomat Vivek Katju, BJP ideologue Seshadri Chari, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi and journalist Jatin Desai were the other speakers.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday expressed hope on the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue.
Basit addressed the students on topics of peace and harmony, which he believes, are prerequisites for development. The event was presided over by Mayor Arun Sood.
Speaking to The Indian Express at the Centre of Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), where he had come to deliver a talk, Basit said, “Our position is that we are waiting for India to tell us, convey to us when it is convenient for them to engage.”
“Once the stage is reached…India makes a request and then we will see,” said Sartaj Aziz in a TV interview.